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August 13th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Rev. Jesse Jackson: There's a Ferguson near you

(CNN) – This week was supposed to be Michael Brown's first at technical college. Instead, his parents were planning his funeral.

The 18-year-old was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, on Saturday, sparking a federal civil rights inquiry, local protests and national debate.

Civil rights leader Rev. Jess Jackson wrote an op-ed for USA Today entitled "There's a Ferguson near you."

"Right across the country you have these dried strips of urban alienation where you have high levels of infant mortality and of unemployment, and lack of trade skills training, first-class jails, second-class schools. Tremendous alienation, and no urban plan for a policy of reconstruction," Jackson said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"And these dried strips and an incident can spark an explosion," he said.

For more of our interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson, click on the video above.

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